You might think that regularly scheduled pesticide application is the only way to keep unwanted creatures away from your home and lawn. However, an integrated pest management (IPM) program offers a more practical, environmentally friendly approach to pest control. Alternative Environments is committed to pest management solutions that are safe, effective, and friendly to the environment. How does IPM align with our goals?
Principles of IPM
At its core, IPM is based on these fundamentals:
- Pest prevention: While traditional pest control strategies tend to focus on eradicating pests that are already present, IPM concentrates on the causes of infestation to prevent pest outbreaks from happening in the first place.
- Prudent pesticide usage: IPM utilizes a wide range of pest management techniques, including pesticides. However, chemical pesticides are considered a last resort. In instances when they are needed, integrated pest management plans use the least toxic treatments available and carefully minimizes exposure to humans, pets, and other non-target species.
Benefits of IPM
- IPM helps to maintain balance in the ecosystem. By focusing on prevention and elimination of specific pests, IPM allows beneficial organisms to continue to thrive.
- Limited usage of chemicals means pests do not build up a resistance to pesticides.
- Because pesticides are applied only when necessary, rather than according to a rigid schedule, IPM is less expensive than a conventional pest management program.
- IPM is environmentally sensitive, minimizing the impact of pest control on air, soil, and water.
Contact Alternative Environments to learn more about integrated pest management in Villa Rica.